Chicago Roofing Contractors
Chicago Area of Roofing Services
SMART Roofing, Inc. offers roofing services in Chicago
SMART Roofing, Inc., Chicago Roofing Contractors – Richard Bondarowicz Stan Miodowski of SMART Roofing, Inc. are proud to offer roofing services in the Chicago area for: Residential Roofing, Commercial Roofing, Flat Roofing, Condominium Roofing, Townhouse Roofing, Apartment Roofing, Warehouse Roofing, Industrial Roofing, Free Roof Estimates, Roof Repairs, Roof Replacements, Roof Leak Service and Roof Maintenance.
Our roofing services in the Chicago area include Shingle Roofing, Flat Roofing, Slate & Tile Roofing, Cedar Shake Roofing, Gutters, Windows, Hail Damage Repairs, and Hail Storm Damage Restoration.
Smart Roofing Inc. is recognized as a leader in the commercial and residential roofing industry in Chicago
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Cedar Shake Roofs in the Chicagoland Climate
Cedar shakes are some of the more durable and visually appealing roof coverings. At least that was the case before architectural shingles and synthetic cedar shakes were introduced, with an expected lifespan the same, or in many cases longer than cedar shake. The main reason behind this is the Chicagoland climate, and the various weather extremes and high humidity. As with any wood when it gets wet, it needs ample time and air quality to dry out, otherwise it can start rotting. While cedar is very resistant to moisture, cedar shake roofing still tends to stay wet longer than preferred, which leads to premature failure of cedar shake roofs. We have seen this happen time and time again. Even with proper installation, which includes using the correct stainless steel fasteners to prevent rust issues, proper felt and cedar breather underlayments to promote the drying process, and correct spacing for the cedar shakes themselves, many cedar roofs will only last about 20-30 years. With no manufacturer warranty due to being a natural product, this falls short of the recent roof life expectancy standard. The amount of rain, snow, and humidity are the main culprits. Since many of our Chicago summer days can stay above 80% humidity, when combined with a few rainy days, cedar shakes can stay wet for weeks on end. While the top of the cedar shake may appear dry, the core and underside of the cedar shake is often wet. Take into account the cloud coverage, and some days where we get no sunlight at all, and you have everything to need to make you cedar shake roof rot. This takes us to the next point, the cost of cedar shake roofing as compared to longer lasting, or less expensive alternatives. The biggest competitor with cedar shake roofs are good old asphalt shingles, but with a new profile. While the old 3-tab shingles did not expect to look as nice or last as long as cedar shake roofs, new architectural shingles definitely will do both. With a thicker shingle, an expected lifespan of 30 years, and a manufacturer warranty, shingles are a great option. No matter the amount of rain, snow, sun, or humidity, asphalt shingles will never rot or decay due to being wet. Asphalt does not absorb moisture, and the fiberglass mat that compromises new architectural shingles adds an extra layer of durability. With an additional layer, these architectural shingles have more definition to match the depth of cedar shake, and many homeowners are finding that they are great substitutes for their old cedar shake roofs that need to be replaced. With a cost that is much lower, a new shingle roof is a very good alternative when looking at a cedar shake roof replacement. The other option when replacing an aging cedar roof, and one that is gaining a lot of popularity, are synthetic cedar shakes. From very popular manufacturers such as Brava and DaVinci, these products are top of the line. With a variety of color choices, you can be sure that your new synthetic roof will look just like the real cedar shake, at different points of the aging color cycle. Textures that match real cedar shake, and variable synthetic cedar shake sizes also ensure that your new roof will look exactly like cedar shake, while lasting much much longer. When people hear synthetic, they assume these products are cheap plastic that will fall apart due to the heat or cold. That could not be further from the truth. Synthetic cedar shakes are most often made from composite roofing materials that will last upwards of 50 years, and the manufacturers of these products provide a 50-year warranty to back up their claim. Since composite materials do not absorb water or moisture, there is no worry of these roofing shakes rotting. Having the colors blended into the composite material also guarantees that your new synthetic roof will look just as good in the first year, as it will on year 50. With a price point very similar to many real cedar shakes, synthetic cedar shake roofs are taking over, and rightfully so. As with any house changing decision, we encourage all homeowners to do their own research, and find what works best for them and their home. If you would like us to inspect your roof, provide an estimate, or have any questions regarding cedar shake roofs, shingle roofs, or synthetic roofs, feel free to contact the roofing experts at Smart Roofing Inc. at (847) 797-0404 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Commercial Roof Replacement
Here at Smart Roofing Inc. we are experts with residential and commercial roofs alike. From flat roof maintenance, to complete flat roof replacement, Smart Roofing Inc. knows all the ins and outs of the commercial roof trade, especially in Chicago. Multi-family properties, commercial warehouses, or residential flat roofs are all roofs we have experience replacing or repairing. All single ply-membranes, such as TPO, EPDM, and PVC, along with skylight replacement, and necessary perimeter sheet metal pieces, we have done it all, and with over 25 years of experience in the Chicagoland area. A commercial roof installation in Chicago requires more manpower, coordination, and strategy than a regular residential roof. Specific building code requirements, architect details, and safety specifications are also very important when replacing a commercial roof in Chicago. Smart Roofing Inc. has experience with all of those elements, having done a multitude of commercial flat roof replacements and roof repairs in Chicago over the last 25 years. Our project managers are very well coordinated and have extensive safety training to ensure the crews doing the work are safe and the building owners are protected. We have been working with architects since we started in the roofing industry, so we know how to get down to the details, which also ensures we follow building codes. Aside from coordination and attention to detail, Smart Roofing Inc. has the knowledge of working with a variety of commercial flat roof materials needed to get the job done. We have done flat roofs with TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Whether the membranes need to be welded together, TPO and PVC, or adhered together with pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, EPDM, we will make sure that your new roof will not leak and look great. Flat roof replacements often call for new levels of insulation, usually insulation R-value of 30, and most buildings also need tapered insulation to create proper slopes. Creating saddles, or crickets, from tapered insulation to avoid standing water behind curbs is something of a specialty for our guys. We have worked with a variety of methods, such as mechanically attached roof systems, ballasted roof systems, induction welded roof systems, and fully adhered adhered roof systems. Our sheet metal crews have done miles of perimeter flashings for commercial flat or barrel roofs, so you can expect only the best. Every little detail matters when working on a commercial roof, and the professionals at Smart Roofing Inc. know every way to make your roof last as long as possible. SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Chicago Roofing Contractor with plenty of experience with commercial flat roofs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service, and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more, or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
Moisture Issues in Masonry Buildings with Flat Roofs in Chicago
The housing bubble hurt many households when it happened, but it is still affecting families today in a different way. When the bubble was at its peak, the demand for new houses was also peaking, and builders were rushing as quickly as they could to finish up houses and move onto new ones. In the process, they often used sub-par materials and cut corners in the design. The result is that moisture is migrating into the roof systems and the walls of the buildings, and slowly rotting the wood framing work. This is very prominent in masonry buildings built between 2003-2008 that have flat roofs in the Chicago area. When a house is built, it needs to stick to strict building requirements and specifications to ensure that the building envelope is as air tight as possible. This includes the installation of water proof membranes above masonry openings such as windows and doors, insulating penetrations to prevent condensation with temperature changes, and separation of building elements. When builders were rushing in the peak of construction, the either did less work than required for these elements, or completely skipped them. Without a membrane above windows and doors, any water that enters the structure through that opening will run down the wall, and soak into connected wood members. With time, these wood pieces will rot and lose their strength. Metal penetrations through masonry walls are very susceptible to condensation, as metal is a great thermal conductor. With freezing temperatures outside, and warm temperatures inside, water droplets form on the metal and cause it to corrode. These water droplets can also affect any nearby wood and cause rot. The most common issue we have noticed during our work with these buildings, is that the roofs are not a separate system from the framing/masonry gap. Over the years this allows the moisture that inherently migrates through sub-bar masonry work to enter the roof system, condensate on the underside of the roof decking, and slowly rot all connected wood members. This can in turn compromise the structural integrity of the roof as trusses become rotted and lose their strength. In some cases where the builder stuck to some of the requirements, and if noticed early enough, the damage is not extreme and can be repaired to the extent that the structure is still safe and sound. In other cases that have been going on for years, and where the work was done as low cost as possible, parapet walls need to be removed, whole trusses need to be replaced along with the roof and decking, and the masonry needs to be redone. These flat roofs in Chicago masonry buildings most often show the issues with moisture around the perimeter of the house. If you notice a musty or wet smell, or see signs on moisture on walls and ceilings, it is definitely a good idea to have your roof inspected. Having dealt with multiple buildings with this issue, here at Smart Roofing Inc., we can tell you exactly what the repair process will be. In almost all cases the roof will need to be replaced to gain access to the roof decking and framing, so avoid wasting time and money on local repairs without having a thorough inspection done. SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Chicago Roofing Contractor with plenty of experience with flat roofs. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service, and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more, or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
Chicago Bungalow Tile Roofs
Some might argue that the greatest Chicago landmark is the bungalow home. With over 80,000 bungalows, roughly 1/3 of all single-family homes in the Chicagoland area, it is easy to see why the house style is so important. Smart Roofing Inc. understands this and works hand in hand with homeowners to preserve the natural beauty of the tile roofs that cover many bungalows. Properly maintained tile roofs will last just as long as the house itself, and we are experts at making sure the look and history of the house does not change. Sourcing tiles to make sure they match the existing tiles on the roof is half of the ordeal. Most, if not all, bungalows were built between 1910 and 1940. This means that some of these tile roofs are over 100 years old! Tile manufacturing changed within those 100 years, and reusing tiles from different roofs is the only way to source matching clay or concrete tiles. The more challenging part of bungalow roof repairs is working with these old tiles. In many cases the tiles are brittle and can crack easily when not carefully handled. The professionals at Smart Roofing Inc. are always up for a challenge, and with our expertise, we make sure that your roof is just as beautiful, if not more, after we finish our work. SMART Roofing, Inc. is a full-service roofing contractor serving Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Select SMART Roofing, Inc. as your Chicagoland Roofing Contractor. From roof assessments and repairs to installations of virtually every type of new residential roof and commercial roof, our commitment to excellence, stellar customer service and exceptional results are the “SMART” roofing difference. Contact the roofing experts at SMART Roofing, Inc. at (847) 797-0404, to learn more about Roof Tile products, or email us for your residential or commercial roofing needs.
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Chicago Commercial Roofing:
EPDM - Rubber
Smart Roofing installs all types of EPDM commercial roofing membranes.learn more»
TPO and PVC
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Smart Roofing installs premium modified bitumen roof systems.learn more»
Smart Roofing can fabricate and install numerous sheet metal roofs and accessories.learn more»
Smart Roofing installs all types of steep slope roofing products for commercial buildings.learn more»
Smart Roofing can offer you long term maintenance programs that will extend the life of your roof.learn more»
Chicago Residential Roofing:
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Smart Roofing installs all types of slate roofing.learn more»
Smart Roofing has installed a variety of tile roofs.learn more»
Smart Roofing installs all types of wood shake roofing materials.learn more»
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Smart Roofing can fabricate and install custom sheet metal including copper and various other metals.learn more»
SMART Roofing, Inc. is an installer of all roof types including shingle roofing, flat roofing, tile roofing, and siding from manufacturers such as: GAF - "Master Elite" Roofing, Owens Corning, Tamko, Certainteed, Performance-Derbigum, Carlisle Rubber Roofing (EPDM) & Carlisle Thermoplastic Roofing (TPO), DaVinci Slate Tile, DaVinci Bellaforté Shake, Ludowici Tile, Vande Hey Raleigh Tile, Evergreen Slate, Monier Tile, Alside Siding, Variform, Velux Skylights, James Hardie Siding, and more.